- a Muslim or Hindu religious ascetic or mendicant monk commonly considered a wonder-worker.
- a member of any Islamic religious order; dervish.
Origin of fakir
Examples from the Web for fakir
Historical Examples of fakir
The fakir was in the bag into which he had been put, cold and inanimate.
There were not wanting those in the profession who openly denounced him as a "fakir."An American Suffragette
Isaac N. Stevens
I began to think that the fakir could talk forever and ever faster.The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
If you think, and think rightly, the fakir does not get you.Dollars and Sense
Col. Wm. C. Hunter
He is suffering so hideously, and so determinedly, like a fakir.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
faqir fakeer (fəˈkɪə)
- a Muslim ascetic who rejects wordly possessions
- a Hindu ascetic mendicant or holy man
Word Origin for fakir
Word Origin and History for fakir
c.1600, from Arabic faqir "a poor man," from faqura "he was poor." Term for Muslim holy man who lived by begging, misapplied in 19c. English (possibly under influence of faker) to Hindu ascetics. Arabic plural form fuqara may have led to variant early English forms such as fuckiere (1630s).